I spent a few years after my last contract expired trying different things, dumping the agent, and generally spinning wheels (though writing all the while) and saw how much more cynical the industry had become since I had broken in. Agents who don't respond, editors only looking at agented work, agents sneering and laughing at writers in their blogs and tweets. An incestuous system. (And, no, I am not a NY hater, I just understand how the business works and why they make the decisions they do).
I'd been tinkering with some POD for a backlist title (THE RED CHURCH) but it all looked somehow clumsy. How was I going to get that sucker in a thousand bookstores? It was around about December I really started paying attention to reality--I was too steeped in the old-school indoctrination. NEVER SELF-PUBLISH!
It was hard to make that leap at first. Then I realized no one was going to do it for me. And it was as easy as click click click. And then the success was instant. So much so that I put up two original titles. It was so easy and rewarding, I kept waiting for someone to tap me on the shoulder and say "Who are you fooling? You CAN'T do it your way!"
Yes, I can. I can believe in my vision. You can, too. And here is how I can help you, because your vision is valid and worthy.
If you are an indie writer, email me (at indiebooksblog AT yahoo.com) your book cover, your bio, your book description, and answer the three standard questions at Indie Books Blog. When the post is up, please tweet and Facebook it--create synergy. Ask your friends to go look because it's cool. We'll ask them to buy it to support your vision.